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With Tax Cuts Front & Center, Congress Looks To Kick The Budgetary Can Down The Road Again

Amidst all the intrigue and politicking around Republican plans to institute the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 3 decades, Congress seems to have relegated the funding of the federal government for the 2018 Fiscal Year to little more than an afterthought. With a government shutdown looming in a month, all signs in Congress are pointing towards yet another continuing resolution being issued by Congress that would postpone the passage of FY18 appropriations packages into January or February of 2018.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Thursday, November 09, 2017


With a Government Shutdown Looming, Congressional Republicans Focus on Tax Cuts

There is plenty of nuance and complexity to the current goings-on in Congress, with countless reams of paper and barrels of ink being devoted to its explication on a daily basis. However, for those who live outside the beltway or don’t hang on every word uttered by Congressional leadership, the best description of what’s happening on Capitol Hill is also the simplest: it’s a mess. And, as of right now, it looks as if that mess is going to get worse before it gets better. While it’s not exactly breaking news that Congress isn’t operating as a model of legislative efficiency, the degree to which Congress is balking at fulfiling even its most rudimentary duties is itself remarkable. As has become customary in receny years, Congress is once again behind in the annual appropriations process and it appears as if a new spending deal may have to wait until 2018.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, November 03, 2017


Congress Adopts a Budget That Can Undermine Health Care and HIV Programs

The House of Representatives on Thursday voted, by a narrow margin, to adopt the Senate’s FY 2018 budget resolution. Passing this resolution was a crucial step in moving congressional Republicans along in trying to achieve their, and the president’s, prime goal of a major overhaul of the tax code. If the anticipated tax cut bill is enacted, it will also lead to massive spending cuts starting next year, FY 2019, that will devastate health care programs and Medicaid and derail efforts to end the HIV epidemic.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 27, 2017


Congressional Watch: Setting the Stage for Budget-Busting Tax Cuts

The House of Representatives was out this week for a district work period, leaving congressional action focused in the Senate. While there was much deserved attention to the ups and downs of the bipartisan agreement on legislation to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces, the substantive item was the full Senate’s debate and vote on its FY 2018 budget resolution. Budget resolutions are intended to establish the framework, budget totals, and broad category allocations for a fiscal year’s actual appropriations process. The FY 2018 Senate resolution does that but its real purpose, as the president noted on Twitter Thursday, is to set the stage for “massive tax cuts” that are being proposed by congressional Republicans and the president.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 20, 2017


Congressional Watch: Disaster Funding Slowly Emerges

This week the House has been in session while the Senate was out for a Columbus Day recess. Pushing efforts to supply much needed financial relief across multiple disaster stricken states and territories, the House managed to pass a $36.5 billion package of funding. The spending bill is a supplemental appropriations package that is outside of the regular 12 appropriations bills that fund government operations. The bill contains a mix of disaster aid and funding for FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan program.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 13, 2017


FY18 Budgets Show GOP Plans to Slash Health Care & Entitlement Spending

Last week the Congress gave up hope of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget resolution which expired on September 30 and moved to consideration of an FY 2018 Budget proposal (the federal fiscal year runs from October 1 through September 30 so fiscal 2018 has just begun).

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, October 06, 2017


Continuing Forward: Leadership For Now

I got a call in May 2016. “Jesse we are searching for the interim President & CEO of AIDS United…. Are you interested?” Without missing a heartbeat, I thought to myself, “You must do this – now!” My life changed immediately. I could never have predicted all the other changes coming in 2016. For all of us living with, working for, and affected by HIV in America, 2016 was a year of unexpected change.

Posted By: Jesse Milan, Jr, President & CEO, AIDS United - Wednesday, October 04, 2017


Budget Resolutions and Tax Reform: New Threats to HIV Funding

This week, Senate Majority leadership held their weekly policy lunch on Tuesday to discuss next steps for their agenda. Out of that meeting they now plan to mark up fiscal 2018 budget resolution in the coming week and have released their plan today. That plan would pave the way for a tax overhaul without Democratic support.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 29, 2017


As the Fight Over the ACA Rages on, Senate Republicans Plan for Tax Cuts

While the House was in recess this week, Congress’s fall schedule has kicked into high gear. This includes work by Senate Republicans to continue efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, move forward on an FY 2018 budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions that would call for major tax cuts, reach agreement on a spending package for the full 2018 fiscal year, and pursue bi-partisan/bi-cameral efforts to address the protections against deportation for immigrants brought to this country as children by their families.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 22, 2017


The Omnibus Traveling Nowhere: House Passes Omnibus Budget Bill Expected to Fail in Senate

Thursday afternoon, the House passed an omnibus budget bill that is expected to be immediately rejected upon presentation in the Senate. Although this omnibus bill contains a number of detrimental cuts to HIV/AIDS programs and research, it is unlikely that the bill will be signed into law as it will not receive enough votes in the Senate, keeping the fate of these programs still uncertain but safe for the moment.

Posted By: AIDS United, Policy Department - Friday, September 15, 2017

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